Atari VCS

Game, Stream, Connect Like Never Before



About the Project

Gaming and Home Entertainment Streaming Device with Open Platform for Creativity and Customization!

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  • Founder: Atari
  • Company: Atari
  • Goal: $100,000.00
  • Entry Level Price: $199.00
  • Campaign Ended On: July 1, 2018
  • Delivery Date: July 2019

"About the Project" and "Claims" content are taken from the campagin as is.

Reality Check

  • Claim:


  • Reality:

    Atari, the name, is engrained in all minds as founding father of vintage arcade style games for the household. The VCS is claiming to hold on to the vintage while integrating new indie titles with a streaming platform that makes sense. A minimal update to the retro style allows for a clever design to stand out for the hardware itself.

  • Claim:

    Connect: Get online and get more with Atari's first connected device.

  • Reality:

    The 21st century version of an Atari Console, must have connection. With a subscription service, the "more" is a major uncertainty at this point. There is a teasing of new games that needs to be confirmed.

  • Claim:

    Customize: Port or Create New Content and Apps into the integrated Linux "sandbox".

  • Reality:

    Adding the ability to create and develop new content is a win for the VCS Console. No long stretches of tech or hardware are required to make this a beneficial feature of the Atari VCS that utilizes the openness of Linux running on an x86 processor.

  • Claim:


  • Reality:

    There is something about an Atari library that is appealing to the nostalgic gamer. The reality here is that this is an extremely easy achievement, requiring a very low amount of data for storage. There are currently many other ways to access vintage Atari games.

Bottom Line

The Atari VCS is a stripped down relative of a minimal PC that acts as a stylish console for the vintage gamer. The price point is high for the face value features the VCS is currently claiming to offer. However, with the open customizability and the possibilities of new retro style games, there is potential for a niche console. When thinking about the perks of pre-ordering the Atari VCS at a relatively high cost, ask yourself if you are purchasing hopeful and stylish nostalgia or enjoyable console.

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